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El Tajo Gorge

The gorgeous old Moorish town of Ronda is high in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves and was occupied by the Phoenicians and Muslims before the Spanish re-conquered Andalusia in 1485. It teeters precariously atop the El Tajo Gorge, with ... 

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4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

This is a wonderful tour! The scenery up the mountain and the El Tajo Gorge were amazing. Our group really enjoyed the stop at the local winery, where the wine tasting was "on tap", pour what you want and drink what you can in 15 min! We really enjoyed seeing the Plaza de Toros bullring and its museum, so that we could learn more about this part of Spanish culture. We had a chance for photos in the bullring which was fun! The tour description says it's a 90 min bus ride, but they picked us up in Malaga at 7:00 AM and stopped at about 20 hotels, inching along the coast, and arriving in Ronda at 11:15 am. Since we did not want a 4 hour return bus ride, we left the tour at 3 pm and paid for a public bus to take us from Ronda to Malaga in 90 min.

Doing what: Ronda and El Tajo Gorge Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Malaga

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2014

We were very disappointed by this tour. Although the approximate time of the tour was 11 hours, we were back to our hotel within 10 hours - 1-1/2 of which were spent in Seville on the bus picking up and dropping off people on the tour and another 1-1/2 hours waiting at Zahara de las Sierras for the 3 or 4 members of our tour group who had signed up for the option tour.
We did not see many of the things promoted in the trip description.
Things we did: Bull ring, New Bridge and El Tajo gorge, Juan Bosco house, Church of Santa Mari
Things we did not do: take a stroll through the 19th-century gardens in Alameda del Tajo and soak in the wonderful views, immerse yourself in Spanish wine culture with a tour of the Wine Museum of Ronda. Learn about Ronda’s long history of wine making, several beautiful bridges, enjoy free time to explore Ronda on your own before returning to Seville, visit Sierra de Grazalema, the first natural park in Andalusia brimming with diverse flora and fauna. See why the park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges.

After the tour ending about 2:30 pm we had time for lunch and then headed back for the bus which departed at 4:00 pm - approximately 4-1/2 hours after arriving. The tour of the wine museum was simply a visit to a wine tasting bar where we were given no information, but little plastic cups to taste wine from taps in barrels in the wall. Simply adding another hour in the town for us to view the other bridges or do some shopping would have made the trip so much better.
This trip was much too expensive for what one got. My recommendation is to simply book ALSA bus tickets to and from Ronda and do it on for own for a fraction of the price. The Viator bus stops at the bus station in Ronda.

Doing what: Best Ronda Day Trip from Seville: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional Pueblos Blancos Tour

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